16 September 2007

Cargo Bikes and Matching Fashion

Bike and Fashion Match, originally uploaded by [Zakkaliciousness].

Once again, a public service announcment:
Whilst riding about in Copenhagen, please try to match your bike with your clothes, or vice versa, wherever possible.
Thank you.

The bike in the photo is one of many Danish cargo bikes brands. In this case, a Christiania bike. Popular around Scandinavia and Northern Europe.

Lately I'm often reading on blogs about Bakfiets - the Dutch cargo bike - because they have recently gotten a foothold in America. Indeed, it seems that most of the Americans who write about them seem to think that Bakfiets is the only cargo bike in the world, merely because it's the first cargo bike they've seen and they have no history of cargo bikes.

While the Dutch have a long history of bike design - with some cool makes - and are the only real rivals to the Danish bike design tradition, it is only fair to provide a broader perspective regarding the cargo bike market in Europe.

This post from Streetsblog has some good photos of Danish cargo bikes in Copenhagen, as does this post of our own.

If I had to choose a cargo bike it would have to be the Nihola. Award-winning design, roomy and lightweight. For me, it's the best option for cargo biking in the World's Best Cycling City.

Mirror image (by Aaron78)


Aaron78 said...

I'm a Nihola man myself...here's a couple in perfect symmetry...


Mark Stosberg said...

It sounds like you've found my photo blog about my new van Andel bakfiets.

The Nihola does look nice. How much does it weigh? Can it fit through a standard doorway?

Another cargo bike worth a mention is the XtraCycle.

With the base weight only adding about 6 to 8 pounds to the bicycle, it strikes me as well suited for a number of American commuters, where things are generally more spread out, so commuting distances are longer.

16:9 said...

Thanks for the comment, Mark. Nice site you have. Although I prefer the Danish varities, the van Andel is groovy.

The Nihola is lightweight, but I don't have the stats. Their website should have it at http://nihola.info

Although regarding longer commuting distances in the States I have to include this quote from Carfreeworld's website (http://www.carsareevil.com/2007/09/dutch_masters.html#more)
"Apologists like to cite the favorable conditions in Holland and Denmark – flat terrain, population density, compact towns – to explain resistance in the U.S. to cycling. However, given the short average distance of most U.S. trips, geography and topography are simply red herrings. Not only do we trail the Dutch, and other European countries, on the tangible attributes, like favorable biking policy and infrastructure, but we lack the cultural traits conducive to making a wholesale switch away from car use."

gwadzilla said...

wonderful photos...

I saw a man with a U-lock with a bright orange accent
he has the same color accenting his hat and his shoes

I had the camera
but missed the shot

I thought to myself

it is so much easier having an all black u-lock

it matches more

I have more black

nihola said...

Here are the detas from nihola cigar model:
weight: 33 kg
width: 89 cm
lenght: 209 cm

source: http://nihola.de/de/service/#133

best regards

ak. said...

I would love a Nihola, but currently they're not selling any to US.. anyway, great bike, for me and my son.

Zakkaliciousness said...

nihola are not big on export by all accounts. they are busy enough producing their bikes and a few bike shops in North america have told me that it's impossible to get in touch with them.